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Aussie Microsoft partners get new Office 365 licensing

Julia Talevski | Oct. 9, 2013
New licenses allow partners to offer their own services and not just Telstra.

As of next year, Australian Microsoft partners will have the opportunity to bundle Office 365 with their existing services, rather than partner via Telstra.

The new licenses will become available within the first half of the 2014 calendar year and pricing will be released closer to the date.

In a blog, Microsoft Office division business group lead, Steven Miller, said the new licensing options were introduced in response to the evolving dynamic of the market.

"For the first time in Australia, Microsoft Partners will also have the ability to bundle Office 365 with their existing services, ensuring customers see the service as part of their total bill from the partner," he said in the blog.

Microsoft launched Office 365 in Australia with Telstra in 2011. There was a mixed reaction from the channel community, particularly with regards to pricing and partnering with Telstra in order to access the product range.

Since its launch, it has become $US1.5 billion business and the fastest growing commercial product in Microsoft's history.

To give partners more details about the new licenses, Microsoft is putting on a Partner Summit across Melbourne (Oct 9 -10), Adelaide (Oct 14 - 15), Perth (Oct 21 -22), Sydney (Oct 28 -29) and Brisbane (Oct 31 and Nov 1).


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